Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is set to meet with Rev. Jesse Jackson "in the near future" to discuss the company's diversity initiatives ahead of its looming expansion into Oakland. The meeting was confirmed Wednesday by an Uber spokeswoman.
Over the last couple of years, Jackson has been putting public pressure on major tech firms to disclose the demographics of their workforces and make commitments to improve the hiring of minorities and women. Uber has been one of the most notable companies not to release these figures or make public its efforts to improve diversity.
Jackson zeroed in on Uber in January. The civil rights leader gave the tech company a deadline of Feb. 15 to create a program and make a commitment to reflect the diverse demographics of Oakland.
Uber has yet to release these figures, but the company has been in touch with Jackson's Rainbow Push organization over the last few weeks. A spokesman for Jackson told Inc. that he will meet with the ride-hailing company around the time of Apple's shareholder meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 28 in Cupertino, Calif. Jackson is an Apple stockholder.
With Uber planning to move about 2,300 employees to Oakland as soon as this year, local organizations in the Bay Area city have also been calling on the company to release its diversity figures and make a commitment to hiring diverse local talent.